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Timbers sign goalkeeper Logan Ketterer on season-long loan from EL Paso Locomotive FC

Facing an injury crisis between the pipes, Portland has moved to bring on Ketterer as emergency depth from the USL Championship side El Paso.

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The Portland Timbers announced today that they have signed goalkeeper Logan Ketterer to a season-long loan for the rest of the 2021 season. He is being loaned from USL Championship side El Paso Locomotive FC, where he’s been their starting goalkeeper for the past three seasons.

During his time with El Paso, Ketterer logged 22 clean sheets in 55 starts, helping his side reach the USL playoffs in their inaugural season in 2019.

Ketterer has also had some previous experience with an MLS side. Drafted by Columbus SC in the 2017 Superdraft, he spent the 2017 and 2018 seasons with the Ohio side. He also served as their starting goalkeeper for a U.S. Open Cup matchup against the Chicago Fire, which ultimately went to a penalty kick shootout.

Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Ketterer comes into a Portland goalkeeper room in the middle of a major injury crisis. The Timbers have three goalkeepers currently out injured, and were recently forced into playing 19-year-old homegrown ‘keeper Hunter Sulte for the final thirty minutes of last Sunday’s match against the Seattle Sounders after Jeff Attinella went down with an apparent hip injury. With neither Steve Clark or Aljaz Ivacic seeming close to making a return, Ketterer will immediately have a chance to earn playing time, and will serve as valuable depth for a now paper-thin position for the Timbers.

You can read the team’s full press release here.